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The mornings are cold, the days are short, and you know what that means: it’s officially winter.
On top of the much talked about “holiday stresses,” you know the winter season brings with it much more cause for anxiety.
There’s freezing cold temperatures, unpredictable snowstorms, and the headache of clearing your car and your driveway each time another unexpected storm hits.
And while no one can blame you for dreading the winter, there are some ways to make this time of year just slightly more tolerable.
The trick is to always be prepared for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you.
So, how can you prepare yourself for a brutal winter season? These 9 easy steps are the perfect way to get started:The trick to conquering unpredictable winter weather is to always be prepared. Check out these 9 easy steps!Click To Tweet
1. Invest In At Least One Extra Jacket.
We’ve all been there before: whether you got pummeled with snow while clearing off your car or you got soaked when you were clearing your driveway, sometimes you’re just too busy to throw your jacket in the dryer.
Always keep an extra jacket, pair of gloves, and hat around to make your life easier during cold, wet winters.
2. Dig Out Your Instant Pot And Find A Recipe You’ll Enjoy.
Most people would probably a slow cooker is the best option for those lazy snow days when you can’t order delivery. Instead, I recommend getting an Instant Pot to save time.
The biggest benefit here is you don’t have to wait for your meat to defrost before you can cook it in an Instant Pot, which leads me to my next point.
3. Stock Up On Ingredients So You Can Throw Together A Meal Without Needing To Run To The Store.
With an Instant Pot, you can make amazing chili, soups, and stews, even if there’s no time to defrost your ingredients.
In our house, we love chili, so there’s pretty much always ground turkey, vegetables, and refried beans on hand. You too can stock up on ingredients for your favorite easy meals, so when a snowstorm hits, you won’t have to worry about what’s for dinner.
Just make sure your meats and veggies are prepped, throw them in the freezer, and you’ll be all set!
4. Make Sure You’ve Got Extra Blankets and Pillows
If you’ve got a guest room, you can probably just skim past this one. For everyone else, make sure you’re fully stocked in the bedding department!
You can never be too prepared; there’s always the chance a snowstorm can start while your friends are over. Keep some extra pillows and blankets around (even some toothbrushes, if you can) for surprise late-night snowstorms so you won’t have to worry about your friends getting home safely.
5. Keep Your Snow Removal Tools Easily Accessible.
Sure, this one is a given, but it’s still worth mentioning. Whether you’ve got a snow blower, a salt spreader, or just a good, old-fashioned shovel, make sure it’s easy to access when you need it! This goes along with my next piece of advice.
6. Pick Up Ice Melt.
If you’re not the type to hire a snow removal company, then you need ice melt.
There’s nothing more frustrating than taking the time to shovel, only to still have a thin layer of ice left behind. Finish the job with some salt, and your driveway and walkway will be much safer to walk on.
There are different kinds of ice melt available, so make sure you pick up the right salt for your home. Not all ice melts are created equal, and some could be hazardous if you have pets.
Consumer Reports provides a thorough breakdown of the different types of ice melt you can buy, so check out their guide for more information.
7. Stock Up On Board Games, Movies, And Books.
Make sure you’ve got something to entertain you for those days when you’re snowed in. Snag a hard copy of your favorite movie just in case the Internet goes out and you can’t use Netflix.
Board games (and cocktails) are a great distraction too, or you can get lost in a good book if you’re craving some quiet time.
8. Dig Out Some Flashlights Or Get Power Failure Lights.
Depending on how brutal the winters are in your area, you may need to be ready for power outages.
Power failure lights are a great alternative to typical flashlights because you don’t need to worry about keeping batteries on hand, and they’ll already be lit up and easy to find if your power does go out.
9. Charge Your Phone’s Power Bank.
Nowadays, just about everyone has a power bank for their phone, but if you don’t use it often, then it’s easy to forget to keep it charged.
During a bad storm, you won’t want to be without a phone, so check your power bank from time to time so that you know it’s always fully charged and ready to be used.
So preparing for the winter can be as simple as these 9 steps.
Now think of waking up to an unexpected snowfall and knowing you’re already fully prepared. You’ve got your jackets and firewood to keep you warm, ice melt to help you with clearing your driveway, and ingredients for a delicious stew you can enjoy once you’re done shoveling snow.
Or maybe the snow hits at night while you’re hosting a game night with friends. Once again, you’re prepared with plenty of games and movies, food, extra bedding, and ice melt for clearing your driveway in the morning.Get ready to start enjoying the winter with these easy 9 steps for conquering unpredictable weather! #winter2018Click To Tweet
See how much smoother the winter can be once you’re prepared?